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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

tjonnyc999 Re:Militia, then vs now (1444 comments)

One of the primary reasons for having a militia is to counteract a standing army in case the government decides to use that army to enforce unethical laws (i.e. tyranny).

yesterday
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

tjonnyc999 Re:Militia, then vs now (1444 comments)

It has been made into a privilege. Licenses, permits, background checks, waiting periods, paperwork fees of up to $ 500 or more (hello, New York), "letters of necessity", medical examinations... There are plenty of restrictions.

yesterday
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

tjonnyc999 Re:Militia, then vs now (1444 comments)

It's not a strawman. If you're going to hold the Constitutional Amendments to a strict interpretation of the technological limits of the time, be consistent and hold all of them to the same limit.

If you're not going to hold the amendments to the historical technological limits, then your previous argument is invalid.

What you're calling a "strawman", is a thorough refutation of your argument. But just because you don't like it, doesn't make it a strawman.

yesterday
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

tjonnyc999 Re:Militia, then vs now (1444 comments)

Regarding the question of what TYPES of weapons are/should be covered by the 2nd Amendment:

Based upon the strict literal interpretation of the meaning of "bear", the only weapons that are covered are those that can be "borne", i.e. carried by 1 person. This specifically excludes things like crew-served weapons, such as SAWs, mortars, artillery, etc., and complex machinery such as tanks, jet fighters, and combat ships, all of which require a crew and/or a support structure.

Things like biological / nuclear / chemical weapons are not covered, either, since they're not "arms" but rather "weapons of mass destruction". The key differences are: a.) the effects of NBC's cannot be restricted to any one person / target in particular (i.e. you CAN target a pistol round to harm only 1 individual, you canNOT target a nuke or a cloud of sarin in the same way), and b.) they're likely to cause permanent and extensive damage to structures, biosphere, and environment, i.e. the effects of the weapon will persist much longer than the tactical significance of the target.

So, no tanks, nukes, jets, artillery pieces, neurotoxin SCUDs. Regardless of whether you can afford it or not. Arms, yes. Weapons of mass destruction, no.

yesterday
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3-D Printed Gun Ban Fails In Senate

tjonnyc999 Re:Banning 3D guns like banning anal sex (414 comments)

The more laws with vague definitions & variable enforcement exist, the easier it is for the State to suppress whomever it wants to. It's not "unenforceable", it's there so they can gain entrance under another pretense and, oh, hey, lookitthat, a 3D printer! *handcuffs*.

about 4 months ago
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3-D Printed Gun Ban Fails In Senate

tjonnyc999 Re:Sandy Hook? (414 comments)

Yeah, and because one more law would have stopped a delusional, homidical maniac.

Reality according to US Congress:

  • A psycho decides to murder children / shoot up a mall full of people
  • The psycho gathers firearms, ammunition, and/or explosive devices
  • The psycho heads out to the school / playground / mall (full of nicely unarmed victims, no potential resistance)
  • The psycho sees a sign that says "Gun-Free Zone"
  • The psycho says to himself, "Oh noes! No guns! What am I going to do? Well, I guess I'll just go home now." :(
  • The psycho goes home & goes back to watching TV
  • ?????
  • PROFIT!

about 4 months ago
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3-D Printed Gun Ban Fails In Senate

tjonnyc999 Re:Already Banned (414 comments)

the language of the law is so amazingly vague ... could use it to outlaw just about any...

NAILED it!

Vague laws & variable enforcement = pathway to tyranny.

You can be arrested for even being suspected of having illegal gun parts - high-capacity magazines, silencers & fittings, automatic sears (yes, Citizen, a cube of metal 1/2" on the side can equal 5 years in jail...), even rubber O-rings that can be qualified as being "potential parts of grenade launcher attachments". Vague definition = arrest, fine, jail time, and a ruined life... for a piece of metal or an O-ring.

Meanwhile, David Gregory can wave around a highly illegal high-capacity magazine on public TV, and the DA will "decline to prosecute". Because the law that will land YOU in jail doesn't apply to the Ruling Class. Variable enforcement = some people are above the law.

about 4 months ago
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After FDA Objections, 23andMe Won't Offer Health Information

tjonnyc999 Re:good riddance (146 comments)

It wasn't necessarily that the information was misleading, but that it would lead patients to make decisions about their own care without necessarily consulting a doctor, which the FDA thinks is not a good idea -- and I totally see their point, frankly.

So, by the same logic, let's shut down:

  • wikipedia.org - plenty of medical information there
  • RXList.com
  • WebMD.com
  • WrongDiagnosis.com
  • Healthatoz.com
  • DrKoop.com
  • Merck Manual at www.merck.com/pubs/mmanual/
  • ...and about 1000 more

Oh noes! Medical information out in the open! How dare those peasants make decisions for themselves! We must protect them from themselves! ...etc.

Yeah, let's deny information (however flawed it may be, it's better than nothing) to people with a capacity for independent thought, for the sake of coddling & protecting the morons.

about 4 months ago
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After FDA Objections, 23andMe Won't Offer Health Information

tjonnyc999 Re:good riddance (146 comments)

Absolutely. It's "the tyranny of the moron over the intellectual" - because a few idiots might misinterpret/misuse/get hurt by something, let's BAN it for EVERYONE.

about 4 months ago
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After FDA Objections, 23andMe Won't Offer Health Information

tjonnyc999 Re:The FDA's mission to save idiots from themselve (146 comments)

OK, so they screw up once in a while. It's your responsibility to take ANY medical advice with a grain of salt, and to seek a 2nd opinion. Which is why there's that entire concept of a "2nd opinion", that's been around for centuries.

But noooo, we can't have that, let's shut down the information for EVERYONE because SOME people might misinterpret, or because there's a TINY error chance in the testing process.

Typical American attitude - "this might annoy/damage some morons, so let's shut it down for everyone".

about 4 months ago
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After FDA Objections, 23andMe Won't Offer Health Information

tjonnyc999 Re:From a 2010 Cell paper (146 comments)

So they're new, unproven, and questionable. The alternative is not knowing at all. Given the choice of "incomplete data" vs "NO data", I'll take the 1st, thank you very much.

about 4 months ago
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After FDA Objections, 23andMe Won't Offer Health Information

tjonnyc999 Re:On Getting a second opinion... (146 comments)

Keywords: "learned", "listen", "consider", "reading myself". You're not a moron, so you think about things before making a decision. But, the FDA is not basing their decision on you - they're basing it on the possibility of some idiot doing something rash because they've heard they have a possibility of getting some disease. And, because we live in the age of "tyranny of the moron over the intellectual", their decision is "protect the moron, deny the intellectual".

about 4 months ago
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After FDA Objections, 23andMe Won't Offer Health Information

tjonnyc999 Screwing the many to protect the few... (146 comments)

...seems to be the ongoing policy of US Government in general, and of the FDA in particular.

Just as they've held up the approval of 15-minute DIY HIV test kits (Orasure et al), now they're blocking access to this information. Same principle: "Because we're worried that a few morons can't understand the data, we're going to screw EVERYONE indiscriminately".

Same result: 100,000's of potentially preventable HIV infections occurred in the years the quicktests were delayed, now 100,000's of people will be denied the knowledge of potentially life-threatening illnesses and the possibility of preventative maintenance.

Way to go, FDA. Let more people get sick & die so Big Pharma profits. Motive couldn't be more transparent of it was made from Trivex.

On a larger scale, I wonder if the age of "tyranny of the moron over the intellectual" will ever come to an end.

about 4 months ago
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FTC Demands Search Engines Separate Paid Advertisements From Search Results

tjonnyc999 Re:Sounds like BS to me (230 comments)

Google does this, barely. At my business, we have at least 2-3 phone calls a day from people confused as hell because they typed in "something remotely related to {the type of widgets we're selling}", Google saw the word "widgets" and threw in some ads that were at most barely relevant - but if there's nothing better, "barely relevant" works more than "nothing at all", and the people could not distinguish between the ads and the organic search results. This is not an assumption, it's a repeating theme in phone conversations - "But I searched for {this}, and Google gave me {that}, and now I'm here."

Now, on average we get 1 phone call (with serious questions or something not covered by the website info) per every 100-200 site visitors. Even taking the lower end of the scale, and dividing by 2 to be on the safe side, I can extrapolate that there are at least 50 people / day who fall prey to this deceptive display of ads. That's 50 people who wasted their time - and $ 120 - $ 150 in lost advertising expenses for us. Thanks, Google!

about 10 months ago
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FTC Demands Search Engines Separate Paid Advertisements From Search Results

tjonnyc999 Re:Sounds like BS to me (230 comments)

You may not pay, but advertisers who use Google AdWords sure as hell are paying through the nose for the deceptive mixing of ads and organic search results. It's deceptive because only a faint light-gray "Sponsored results" notice, in tinyprint, and a *slightly* colored background, separate the paid ads and the organic results.

What it leads to, is people searching for one thing, Google throwing in ads for something only-somewhat relevant, and the user clicking on the ad thinking it's an actual search result.

The user loses because they just wasted time looking at a site that doesn't offer what they wanted, the advertiser loses because they just paid anywhere from $ 0.05 to $ 3.00 (or more). Only Google wins, because it's just made an extra $ 0.50 - $ 3.00 in that fraction of a second.

It's bad for the user experience, it's bad for advertisers, and it damn well should be regulated.

about 10 months ago
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MS To Indie Devs: You Have a To Have a Publisher

tjonnyc999 Meanwhile, at Sony's secret underground bunker... (463 comments)

...the head of Corporate Espionage is congratulating the field agents who have successfully infiltrated Microsoft's strategy meetings and planted this idea.

"Bonuses for you and PS4 consoles for your kids, all around! Good work, team!"

about 9 months ago
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Scientists Find Vitamin C Kills Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

tjonnyc999 But will it... (105 comments)

...cure polio?

about a year ago
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Obama Announces Open Data Policy With Executive Order

tjonnyc999 Key phrase: "subject to appropriations" (94 comments)

In other news, Obama Administration institutes a Transparency Department, with an Openness Czar (starting salary $ 135,000 + benefits), 2 Assistant Vice-Chancellors of Openness (salary of $ 90,000 each + benefits), 4 Department Managers, 8 Assistant Department Managers, 22 full-time staffers... etc... etc.

"Hey taxpayers, you know how we promised you 'transparency'? Sure, you can haz. Here's a bill for a few million."

Just as a reminder, these are the same guys who just had a "press briefing" about Benghazi (anyone keeping track of how many months it's been since the event?) - BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. Source: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/05/10/White-House-Benghazi-off-the-record

about a year ago
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New York Culls Sex Offenders From the Online Gaming Ranks

tjonnyc999 What I don't understand is... (511 comments)

...why don't more convicted sex offenders emigrate to other countries, or become spree killers?

There's no such thing as a "term prison sentence" for anything even remotely resembling a "sex crime". Take a piss on a playground at 4AM, even though there are no kids within a mile, ZOMFG pedo = 10 year sentence + permanent, endless, interminable persecution.

Can't have a decent job - who's going to hire a convicted sex offender?
Can't live in a nice neighborhood, or if you do somehow manage to buy a house there, since you have to inform everyone, you'll be shunned.
Can't walk down the sidewalk of a school, playground, etc., etc, so your freedom of movement is restricted.
Forget about buying a gun legally.
Forget about participating in chatrooms, etc.
And now, they can't even play videogames.

What kind of existence is that?

I'm not defending "pedophile-pedophiles", but considering that a sizeable percentage of sex offenders didn't really do a damn thing that has to do with sex, the punishment is ridiculous - and the interminable nature of it is really inexcusable.

I honestly don't understand why more of them don't just completely snap from all the persecution, get an assault rifle & some ammo, and Lanza out in style. Seriously. If I was told that my life will be a living hell from here on out, and there is no expiration period, and I will be ostracized forever & ever & ever, I would either be on a plane getting the hell out of here permanently, or stocking up on ammo.

about a year ago

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